Program Policies

Attendance in IEP courses is required. Students are expected to attend all class sessions, except in cases of acceptable reasons. Acceptable absences include sickness with a doctor's excuse or a doctor's appointment. Meeting with advisers, taking driving tests, or calling the IEP to say you feel unwell are not considered excusable reasons for absences. If students have excessive absences, they could fail their English classes and be out of status with their I-20.

Students should arrive for class before the scheduled time to begin. Being late is considered rude behavior at American universities because it disrupts the entire class and students who are late will miss instructions or information. If a student is more than 15 minutes late 3 times, it will count as one absence.

After five unexcused absences from class, the student will receive a warning e-mail from the Program Adminstrator, Dr. Thu Tran.

After eleven unexcused absences, a meeting will be scheduled with Dr. Tran. He will review all of the student’s absence slips and any information that the IEP instructors have given him. At this time, students could be asked to sign a performance contract. A verbal or written warning of potential dismissal from the program will be given to the student.

After fifteen unexcused absences, Dr. Tran will notify the Office of International Affairs and schedule an appointment for the student. The student will meet with his or her International Student Advisor and Dr. Tran. Recommendation will be made regarding the students progress in the IEP and the impact it has on the student’s immigration status.

After twenty unexcused absences, the student could be dismissed from the Applied Language Institute. This dismissal will be reported through the SEVIS student database and if the student is sponsored, an alert memo will be sent immediately to his or her sponsor.

Note: “One absence” refers to missing one classnot one whole day of classes. It would be possible to miss fifteen classes in only four days!

Cheating is doing things like copying an answer from another student’s paper or test, looking at another student’s work during a test, or looking at notes, textbooks, dictionaries, or other help when they are not allowed to be used for a test. If a student cheats during a test, the teacher will take that test and give the student a grade of zero. All cases of cheating will be forwarded to the Associate Provost of International Affairs.

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense.  The following are examples of such: Stealing an exam to study, giving another student answers during a quiz or test, handing in work or papers written or completed by someone else, downloading a paper from the internet, and taking a test for someone else.

Plagiarism is stealing another person’s idea or illustration and using it as one’s own without giving credit to the original author or artist. Copying sentences or paragraphs directly from a book, article, webpage, or other student’s paper without giving credit to the author is illegal. Even if a student changes the wording a little bit, the idea still came from the original author and he or she must receive the credit for the idea. This means when writing papers, if a student uses direct quotes or paraphrases (changing the wording) from any other work, published or unpublished, he or she must use proper footnotes and a “Works Cited” page in the back of the paper that lists all the places where the student found the quotes or information.

ALI has a zero tolerance policy on cheating, academic dishonesty, and plagiarism. All problem cases will be forwarded to the Associate Provost of International Affairs. If the student is a sponsored student, the case will be forwarded to that student’s sponsor.

All students should:

  • Be prepared for class
  • Complete all homework assignments before class
  • Participate in all class activities
  • Have all needed materials with them in the classroom
  • Be cooperative in the classroom
  • Be respectful of the teacher & other students
  • Buy all necessary texts and supplies
  • Speak English at all times while in class

Unacceptable classroom behavior includes:

  • Talking to another student while the teacher is speaking
  • Interrupting another student who is talking to the teacher
  • Making unnecessary noises or gestures
  • Talking too much so that no other students have a chance to answer questions or participate
  • Verbally or physically threatening the teacher or other students
  • Speaking in your native language

1. If students are disruptive in class or have bad classroom behavior, they must meet with Dr. Tran.
2. If a student must meet with Dr. Tran three times, he or she will be asked to sign a contract stating intentions to have better behavior.
3. After the fourth violation, the student will be reported to the International Affairs office and could be dismissed from the IEP.

  • Progress reports will also be completed and distributed at the midterm of each semester.
  • At the end of each semester, each student will receive a Grade Report. Grades are assigned to indicate student performance in each course.
  • End of semester grades are not always an assessment of a student’s readiness to enter the university. A grade of B or above is required for promotion to a higher level in the program unless the student completed classes at the advanced level.